Air India flight operations back to normal after management meets pilots

New Delhi: National carrier Air India's flight operations was back to normal on Tuesday after the airline's chief Ashwani Lohani "assured" the narrow-body pilots of addressing all their pending issues, including pay parity, by next month during a meeting with them in New Delhi on Tuesday.

An Air India aircraft.

An Air India aircraft.

In the last two days, Air India's domestic flight services were partially affected after a section of ICPA
members decided not to report for duty in protest against pending issues related to salary and allowances, besides
alleged denial of weekly-offs.

Following this, Lohani had on Monday warned of "exemplary disciplinary action" against employees "sabotaging" the
progress of the national carrier. The airline management even sacked one contractual pilot for "not reporting" for duty and issued show-cause notice to five other pilots.

"The CMD during the meeting assured us of addressing all our pending issues including removing anomalies in the pay
structure by next month and duly providing mandatory weekly offs in printed schedules. So we have also decided to fully cooperate with him," Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) general secretary T Praveen Keerthi told PTI after the meeting.

"By October, we expect all our issues to be resolved," he said.

ICPA represents around 750 pilots of the narrow-body planes fleet in Air India, most of whom are from the erstwhile
Indian Airlines.

The pilots' body had on Monday warned of the situation turning worse If there was no "definite time-bound assurance" on resolving the issues by Tuesday.

In a stern message to employees, Lohani had said such acts (of disrupting flight services) were "just not
acceptable" and shall not be tolerated under any circumstances.

"Recently, there have been delays/cancellations of flights due to indiscipline by a small section of pilots. Such
acts, not only result in revenue loss but also cause inconvenience to passengers, he said.

Updated Date: Sep 06, 2016 21:58 PM

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